Saturday, April 9, 2011

...for the solace of ordinary humanity...

Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity. 
~John Ruskin

Mythology of the Crocus Flower
crocus was a friend (and perhaps lover) of the Greek god Hermes. one day as the two were playing, Hermes accidentally hit and killed his friend with a discus. a small flower grew at the place of the accident. three drops of Crocus’ blood fell on the center of the flower and formed the spots on this plant. the flower takes the name crocus because of this event.

my surprise.
...and really it shouldn't have been.
to come around.
the corner of the house.
to see these purple beauties.
i've been out to this spot.
several times this week.
and nothing.
not even the crocus shoots were up.
but today.
because, i believe, i needed it most.
there they were.
are my addiction.
and to top it off.
there were four bees.
very happy to see the flowers.
i've said it before.
i'll proudly stand by it again.
i am a simple girl.
that takes delight in the simple things.
like a bee,
in a flower,
creating a shadow.
it doesn't get much better than that.
light + objects = shadows
sun and sixty today.
yeah spring.
just BE.


Leovi said...

I love the beautiful tones you have achieved in these flowers, exquisite, deliciously attractive. Really beautiful.

A Wild Thing@Sweet Repose said...

I'm with ya lil' sis...the simple life...I charted my midlife numbers yesterday and they told me that I'm ecentric and a loner, that if I wasn't on top of it, I'd be pennyless, but happy...sounds like a plan to me!!!

My morning was filled with chores, cleaning the tupperware temporary digs of the peeps...they are all so curious right now, they follow me back and forth across the kitchen, as I make soap for the Candle Shed this AM. 70's today and tomorrow and maybe some scary storms, but tomorrow the lil' peeper(edit)poopers will graduate to their permanent home. They will stay inside unless I'm out there with...can't wait to see their first reaction to hay...and grass.

Yup, the simple life, pennyless, but rich in spirit...RIGHT!!!

Hey Tilda...SOON!!!


Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous flowers and such a rich, beautiful color and lovely shadows! Love the little bee, too! Terrific captures for the day, Robin! Enjoy your weekend!


BLOGitse said...

Simple is best and less is more.
We don't have any flowers nor green yet. But today it's been a real spring sunny day, at last!

Ms. Becky said...

this was pure delight.

frayedattheedge said...

Wonderful colours and I love the shadow of the bee showing through.

Ralph said...

Flowers are often forgotten as he live our hurried lives. Yet, the new growth needs to catch our attention. We ought to look at and really smell the flowers. To slow down, reflect and clear our minds if only briefly. Flowers tell us to slow down and reflect on nature's garden. We owe that to ourselves!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Beautiful. Lovely. A blessing to the spirit. Thank you!

Kathy M.

mollygolver said...

Crocus are so magical and beautiful. And they suddenly flower when you least expect them too. I love the gorgeous daisy background to your blog post too, Robin. Happy SS Sunday.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Crocuses! Spring has come! If I could put my nose in their little purple hearts and smell the fragrance, I would be drunk with ecstasy!


Welcome the shadows surrounding your life,
Treat them as lover or husband or wife;
Welcome them in as you would one who’s dear;
Hug them, embrace them without any fear;
Honor, respect them, and give them their due,
For shadow and light are both parts of you.

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Deep Shadows Beckon

fairchildstreet said...

Oh my that are stunning. Charmaine

whizkid said...

nice story, but your photograph is beautiful. loved the way it captures texture and light. Have a lovely week :)

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Hip hip hooray!! No crocus yet here, but I do have grape hyacinths all over the yard :) It sure makes a girl's heart sing doesn't it?!!
I don't think I ever heard the story of the crocus....and I always loved Greek Mythology. Plus, my son is at a track meet yet....yep...throwing discus (hopefully he doesn't hit anyone with it!!) ha!
Have a great week!!

Greyscale Territory said...

O so beautiful! Love the gentle touch of shadows through the petals! Very romantic!

LauraX said...

the light through the petals is absolutely exquisite!

Beverley Baird said...

Love the story you included. The crocuses are gorgeous - a definite sign of spring!

Hey Harriet said...

Oh what a lovely surprise! Such a burst of gorgeous colour after all that dreary weather would make me ever so happy too! And bonus bees! Interesting story behind the flowers :)

Love the new blog header photo!

Shydub said...

Thanks for sharing the myth, interesting. most of the crocus in our area have already gone, but there are a few start blooming. Beautiful photography

Visit my Husband and son's Shadow. Thanks

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

I'm with you too, nothing like the simple things in life. Your crocus flowers are gorgeous, lovely shadows and the bees busy on the inside.

Have a great week.

cat said...

Yummy purples! It must be Spring... I had a crocus in my shadow shots today, too :) LOVE yours - especially the middle one with the little bee shadow in profile.

EG Wow said...

Nothing says spring quite like crocuses! Thanks for sharing the myth.

I'm late this week (EW!) so thought I'd better send you my link:

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

How perfect! I'm a simple girl too ;)